With the global free agency now open, Team Liquid has released Jeon “Impact” Eon-young from its roster. The top-laner played a prominent role in the team’s four back-to-back LCS championships.
Team Liquid had a roller-coaster of a season in 2020. With Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen’s visa troubles to Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng’s unwillingness to play, the team had an abysmal Spring finish at ninth place.
With DL finally moving to TSM, the team promoted rookie ADC Edward “Tactical” Ra and finally transitioned into a redemption period. With TL ending the regular season in first place, Impact and the squad fared well in the playoffs, grabbing third place and a ticket to Worlds 2020.
In Worlds, the team struggled in its first few matches but eventually caught their stride on the final group stage day. With a score of 3-3, Broxah and the boys ended their Worlds run early due to G2 Esports not being able to beat Suning for a potential tiebreaker.
Being with the team for three years, Impact grew fond of the people he met in Team Liquid. In his goodbye video, he mentioned how sad he was when the likes of Doublelift, Eugene “Pobelter” Park, and Jake “Xmithie” Puchero left the organization.
Impact’s departure is just one of TL’s various changes for the 2021 season. His release may also be a reaction to fellow Korean and strategic coach Jang “Cain” Nu-ri leaving the team.
“We overcame a lot together and we did a good job,” said Impact. “It’s pretty cringey, but I’m just thankful.”
Impact will now move on as a free agent coming into 2021. While he’s been playing in the NA region for more than five years now, he can now explore his options in other regions such as the LEC or his previous league of LCK.